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23rd Mar '17 4:37:28 PM Robotech_Master
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* In ''Film/{{Laura}}'', the clocks' strike is a key plot point in the movie—but wind-up clocks need separate drive trains for moving the hands and striking the time, and so require two keyholes on the clock face. The prop clocks seen in the movie only have one keyhole, which would be for the hands; hence, they could not actually have struck the time.
3rd Feb '17 4:28:58 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''VideoGame/FarmingSimulator 17'', being a [[SimulationGame simulator]], goes out of its way to detail the ''graphics'' of the vehicles and attachments with such things as power take-offs, three-point hitches, ball hitches, and fifth wheels. But when it comes to actually hooking the equipment up, you can get away with all kinds of shenanigans. For example, you could run a beet-harvesting wagon behind a pick-up truck with the harvester's power take-off driveshaft obviously hanging in midair. [[note]]A power take-off is basically an exposed auxiliary driveshaft that allows a vehicle to provide rotational power to some other accessory. It's an essential feature of farm tractors, and fifth-wheel trucks sometimes offer them too. Consumer pickups don't generally offer it standard.[[/note]]
14th Jan '17 12:26:10 AM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms. In fact, something like this ''did'' happen in Real Life -- during the attacks on the World Trade Center, when Tower 2 was struck, all television signals from the New York area stations went down save for those who used satellite TV and one station who had an antenna elsewhere - the other stations had to scramble to set up back up antennas so that they could get back on the air.

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11th Jan '17 2:44:56 PM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.
kingdoms. In fact, something like this ''did'' happen in Real Life -- during the attacks on the World Trade Center, when Tower 2 was struck, all television signals from the New York area stations went down save for those who used satellite TV and one station who had an antenna elsewhere - the other stations had to scramble to set up back up antennas so that they could get back on the air.
28th Dec '16 6:34:47 AM Morgenthaler
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In RealLife, an engineer's job is to design processes, machines or structures that perform a certain task, and perform it efficiently, reliably and safely. It's a challenging job, involving analytical thinking and mathemathics as well as creativity – and last but not least, ''common sense''.

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In RealLife, an engineer's job is to design processes, machines or structures that perform a certain task, and perform it efficiently, reliably and safely. It's a challenging job, involving analytical thinking and mathemathics as well as creativity -- and last but not least, ''common sense''.



* And then there's failure to think outside the box – that is, failure to consider that there might be [[BoringButPractical other, perhaps less spectacular ways]] to get the job done. Even machines that have been properly "designed" and thought through will make no sense whatsoever if there is clearly another, much more efficient way to do what they do.

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* And then there's failure to think outside the box -- that is, failure to consider that there might be [[BoringButPractical other, perhaps less spectacular ways]] to get the job done. Even machines that have been properly "designed" and thought through will make no sense whatsoever if there is clearly another, much more efficient way to do what they do.



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28th Dec '16 6:33:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': The Nazis have rebuilt downtown Berlin according to Hitler's master plan, with [[SigilSpam swastika-festooned]] megastructures all over the place, most conspicuously the truly-enormous ''Volkshalle''. Unlike VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder, which handwaved it with a [[AppliedPhlebotinum "super concrete,"]] no attempt is made to explain how such enormous structures can stand in a ''city built on a swamp''.[[note]]In real life, ''Reichsminister'' Albert Speer had several concrete test pylons placed around Berlin to evaluate the feasibility of Hitler's dream city. They can still be seen today, although they've sunk considerably since 1944 and are still sinking. Berlin's underlying soil is too soft and damp to take that kind of load.[[/note]] Another engineering problem with the ''Volkshalle'' is also left out, namely that a dome that size would have its own indoor precipitation because of the humidity brought in by 100,000 or more people standing inside.
10th Nov '16 11:42:00 AM Sar-Chasm
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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''

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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships ship's utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''
4th Nov '16 5:13:36 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Maybe this is excessive -[[SuspensionofDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]] exists for some reason-, but if as according to EU sources the reactor of Imperial Star Destroyers generate the same energy as a small star, unless they had ''very'' good heat dissipation technologies (not just the exhaust vents the Death Star had) there'd be enough waste heat (something impossible to avoid because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics) to vaporize them -The Death Star's hypermatter reactor, far more powerful, has those same problems UpToEleven-.

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** Maybe this is excessive -[[SuspensionofDisbelief Suspension of Disbelief]] --SuspensionOfDisbelief exists for some reason-, reason-- but if as according to EU sources the reactor of Imperial Star Destroyers generate the same energy as a small star, unless they had ''very'' good heat dissipation technologies (not just the exhaust vents the Death Star had) there'd be enough waste heat (something heat[[note]]Something impossible to avoid because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics) Thermodynamics[[/note]] to vaporize them -The them. The Death Star's hypermatter reactor, far more powerful, has those same problems UpToEleven-.
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4th Nov '16 5:40:09 AM StarTropes
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** Lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn. Later ship designs downplay the length and thicken the "neck" section, generally making it slightly more believable, even if it was still a rather unsound design.

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** Lets not forget the original ''Enterprise'''s pencil-neck, which by all means would snap off whenever it did anything resembling a turn. Later ship designs downplay the length and thicken the "neck" section, generally making it slightly more believable, even if it was still a rather unsound design. This particular weakness gets graphically demonstrated in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' when [[spoiler:[[BigBad Krall's]] [[ZergRush swarm attack]] slices off both warp nacelles, preventing the ''Enterprise'' from pulling a HyperspeedEscape, before cutting through the neck and leaving both the saucer and drive sections helpless]].
13th Oct '16 6:13:36 PM Octorok103
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.
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